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House history … unlocking your home’s past

By on March 13, 2016

Every home has a story and one local historian is helping residents research the lives of their houses, whether they are cottages or closes, terraces or townhouses.

Dr Ronnie Scott is presenting an Aye Write! session called “House Histories: a different approach to ancestry” at the Mitchell Library on Friday March 18, from 10 am to 12 noon.

You can learn about the landowner, the developer, and the lives of the various occupants of your home. You can also see how your neighbourhood grew and changed over time.

The session will look at land and property records, valuation and electoral rolls, maps, photos, newspapers and other sources to tell the whole story. The creative inspiration to be drawn from this can be an excellent springboard for writing – or for simply your own interest.

Tickets can be booked online at or by phoning 0141 353 8000

Ronnie, who teaches local and family history to adults at Glasgow and Strathclyde universities, said: “Every house has a biography. Even a brand new building sits on land that has been owned by a series of people and organisations all down the centuries.

“This event is designed to introduce people to the fascinating stories locked in their homes and in the land beneath them.

“It’s a great hobby, and help you present your home in an interesting and positive light to your family and friends, visitors and even prospective purchasers. The West End, especially, has a rich history of fascinating people and incidents that add colour to our neighbourhood and our homes.”

Ronnie is also leading a 10-week evening class called “Research your own house history” at the University of Glasgow, starting on Tuesday, March 29 and running from 6 pm to 8 pm.

This course (which includes an archive visit) is designed to show you how to use land, property, valuation and voters’ records, maps, newspapers and other sources. Each week you can share your findings and be guided through your next steps.

Enrolment details are online here: or phone 0141 330 1860, 330 1853 or 330 2772.

Picture shows Speirs’ Wharf houses reflected in Forth and Clyde Canal. By RS

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